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Würth Elektronik Technology Partnership With Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Comes To An End


Würth Elektronik looks back on seven years of successful partnership
with the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler racing team. At
the final race on August 14 and 15, 2021 in Berlin, Lucas di Grassi finished
7th place and René Rast in 13th place. With a
team score of 4th place, Team Audi Sport ABT
Schaeffler bows out of Formula E. Würth Elektronik has been involved as a
technology partner since the first season. For the manufacturer of electronic
and electromechanical components, a period of successful commitment to the most
dynamic form of e-mobility draws to a close.

"Together with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, we
have experienced many exciting races and emotional moments and take pleasure in
the very successful partnership that has evolved over the years," said
Alexander Gerfer, CTO of the Würth Elektronik eisos Group. "With the
developments in the field of e-mobility, we have provided impetus to accentuate
the need for a change of mindset and to respond to climate change with new
technologies. Our aspiration is to achieve the best results for our components
and to discover where we can further improve their performance in order to
bring our own expertise and innovations into series production. At the same
time, the challenges of our partners and customers drive us forward, however.
And that's how it was in Formula E too.”

Electronics for ultra heavy-duty use

The more individual the racing cars were allowed to
become over the course of the race series, the more intense the cooperation
became. One last highlight of the 2019/20 season: With its WE-AGDT
"Auxilliary Gate Drive Transformer" made of silicon carbide, Würth
Elektronik provided a highly efficient, lightweight and space-saving component
with a significantly higher switching frequency than comparable products. It is
part of the innovative MGU05 powertrain from the Audi e-tron F07, which has now
seen its last Formula E race. Besides joint developments and the use of
components like the REDcube high-current contacts in vibration-resistant
press-fit technology, Würth Elektronik also provided spontaneous assistance: It
was only in the electronics manufacturer's lab that the fault could be found,
which had led to vehicle failures at the start of the fourth season. A
spectacular catch-up chase then ensued, which ended with winning the Team
Championship title.

"In 2014, as the only German team to compete in
the newly founded FIA Formula E World Championship, Würth Elektronik was our
partner back then and has remained so until today. The collaboration was
excellent and together we advanced e-mobility as a racing sport. I say thank
you," says Hans-Jürgen Abt, Managing Director of ABT Sportsline GmbH.

"We look back with pleasure on seven years
together full of goose bump moments, mutual trust, deep bonding and a shared
passion for eMotorsport,” Harry Unflath, Head of Sports Marketing at ABT
Sportsline GmbH adds.

Oliver Opitz, Vice President of Wireless Connectivity
& Sensors and initiator of Würth Elektronik's commitment with ABT
Sportsline in Formula E, had the right connection to ABT: "From the very
beginning, it was important for us to promote and help shape an innovative
project for the future. We shared Hans-Jürgen Abt's pioneering spirit, and we
were immediately impressed by his willingness to take risks, his courage and
curiosity to embark on something groundbreaking. That's why ABT Sportsline
became an important and valuable technology partner for us back in 2014,
enabling us to accelerate technical developments and to grow with the FIA
Formula E race series. Thank you very much for the strong partnership that has
grown between us."

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